SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- In match play, it's not over until it's over. Strange things can -- and will -- happen.
In Saturday morning's Fourballs session in the 27th PGA Cup at CordeValle, U.S. teammates Omar Uresti and Sean Dougherty found themselves trailing 3-down with three holes to play.
Things looked grim and it seemed as though Great Britain & Ireland would grab another 3-1 win in Fourballs like it did on Friday.
Not so fast.
Uresti and Dougherty saved their best for the final three holes, finishing birdie-birdie-eagle to steal a half point from GB&I's Gareth Fox and David Dixon.
Uresti put an exclamation point on the halve when he holed an unlikely 15-footer for eagle from just off the back of the par-5 18th green.
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"I love it when he starts walking," Dougherty said of Uresti on No. 18, "because you know it's going in. I bet I've seen it seven times this week and that's when it's a good 6-7 feet from the hole too and it goes straight in the middle. My man is gritty."
Uresti kept the match alive when he made a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 16. Dougherty made a birdie from 5 feet on No. 17 to move the match to 18 where the magic happened.
"I knew I had to get it there and I hit it right where I wanted," Uresti said. "I felt like I hit it right where I needed to and it went in, so I was very happy. I haven't gotten that excited over hitting a putt in a long time."
Interestingly, Uresti says his putting has improved this week after a lesson with putting guru Dave Stockton -- a two-time PGA Champion and 1991 winning U.S. Ryder Cup Captain -- who visited the U.S. PGA Cup team on Tuesday.
"We just changed the way I walked into the ball," Uresti said. "It wasn't anything major with the stroke or anything, it was just the way that I approached the putt and set up walking into it. It was a minor adjustment, but it has helped a lot and I thank him for it. But it was minor. If you watched me putt before and you watched me putt now, you probably wouldn't be able to tell much difference."
Back in June at the PGA Professional Championship when Uresti was told he was still on the bubble for the U.S. PGA Cup team, his response was, "That's great! What's the PGA Cup?"
When it was explained to Uresti that the PGA Cup is the club professional version of the Ryder Cup, U.S. Captain Allen Wronowski said Uresti was the first call he received from any player on the team expressing his excitement to be heading to CordeValle.
Since then, Wronowski said Uresti -- a former long-time PGA Tour player -- has been a star amongst his teammates.
"This is just awesome," Uresti said. "I love being part of a team. This game is typically for individuals, but playing as a team makes it very special."